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by Wendy Gabriel

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The The PumpkinChristopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a different favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

GREEN TIP: Make your Thanksgiving a little greener this year. Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner or traveling to celebrate the holiday, there are many things you can do to have a greener Thanksgiving.

  • If you’re cooking, try to find ingredients that were grown locally. Do your shopping at farmers markets or your local co-op. To find out where they are, look in your local newspaper or search the Eat Well Guide.
  • For food you buy from the grocery store, choose items with minimal packaging. And be sure to bring your own bags with you.
  • Serving turkey? Choose an organic bird.
  • Provide cloth napkins and reusable dishware and utensils. You won’t be sending napkins, plastic plates and cups to a landfill and you’ll save money.
  • Adjust the thermostat down a couple of degrees. All that cooking and the body heat from your guests will surely compensate. You’ll save energy and that will save you money.
  • Compost all the waste you can.
  • If you’re traveling to enjoy dinner at someone else’s house, carpool with family or friends. And of course if you’re bringing food, follow the tips above and pack your dish in a reusable container.
  • Remember to give thanks.

Source: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

BONUS TIP: If you have any leftover turkey, try this awesome Turkey Pot Pie Recipe from Robin Shreeves at A Little Greener Every Day.

My Green Side’s weekly website pick:

Local Harvest

Use the Local Harvest website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.


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